Bosnia & Herzegovina

BiH: Facilitated entry of foreigners into the country

The Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina (VMBiH), on the proposal of the Ministry of Security, unanimously approved the Decision on Amendments to the Decision on Limitation of Additional Conditions for the Entry of Foreigners into Bosnia and Herzegovina, which aims to facilitate the entry of foreigners. avoid endangering the health of citizens and preserve the economy in BiH.

Amendments to the Decision stipulate that foreigners can enter BiH if they present a negative PCR test or rapid antigen test for the SARS-KoV-2 virus at the border crossing point, not older than 48 hours if coming from European countries and coming from other countries, tests no older than 72 hours until arrival at the BiH border crossing.

Also, the entry of foreigners into BiH will be approved with the submitted confirmation that the two-dose vaccination against Covid-19 was completed at least 14 days before arrival at the border crossing, ie that the person was vaccinated with a dose of 14 days or more before arrival at the border crossing if it is a single dose vaccine.

Foreigners holding a medical certificate that they have overcome Covid-19 disease in the period from 14 to 180 days before arriving at the BiH border crossing are also allowed to enter BiH.

Without complying with these measures, children under the age of seven, traveling accompanied by parents or guardians who have one of the four required certificates, as well as foreigners with temporary or permanent residence approved in BiH, may enter BiH if return to Bosnia and Herzegovina after leaving and staying only in Montenegro, the Republic of Croatia and the Republic of Serbia, provided that the total stay in these countries does not last more than 48 hours after leaving the territory of BiH, as evidenced by embedding the exit or entry stamp in the foreigner’s travel document.

Also, without fulfilling these measures, foreigners, citizens of the Republic of Turkey who cross the border of BiH every day to perform work on the construction of the Rača Bridge within the construction of the Sarajevo-Belgrade-Sarajevo highway according to the list of persons to be presented to the BiH Border Police.

The decision enters into force on the day of its adoption and will be published in the “Official Gazette of BiH”, the BiH Council of Ministers announced.

VMBiH recalls that previous provisions allowing, inter alia, citizens of neighboring countries – Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro – to enter Bosnia and Herzegovina without submitting a PCR / rapid antigen test or confirmation of vaccination, ie Covid disease, remain in power. -19.

VMBiH, with eight votes in favor and two against, did not approve the Decision on Amendments to the Visa Decision, as well as the Decision on Mandatory Implementation of Preferential Internal Treatment in Public Procurement Procedures.

The VMBiH will decide on these decisions again in the second round of voting, the announcement said.

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